The government is embarking on a rigorous expansion and re-equipping of technical and vocational institutions to align all technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions with the Ministry of Education to ensure standardisation, the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has stated.
He has, therefore, tasked the National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations (NABPTEX) to position itself to take advantage of government’s efforts to gradually convert the higher national diploma (HND) curricula to competency-based training that is responsive to national demands.
Dr Prempeh stated this at the inauguration of a 14-member governing board of NABPTEX in Accra yesterday.
The board has Mr Paul Kwasi Agyemang, a government nominee, as its chairman. Its membership is made up of Mrs Sheila Naah Boamah from NABPTEX; Mrs Linda K. Agyei and Dr Eric Opoku Mensah, government nominees; Dr Mba Atinga representing the Principals of Polytechnics; Professor Kwasi Obiri Yeboah of the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Mrs Wilhelmina Asamoah from the Ministry of Education.
The others are Dr Helen Michelle Korkor Essandoh of the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), Mr Augustine Gogoyire Ayirezang of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah of the Council for Technical Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), Mr Ernest Nii Omanie Quaye of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Mr Kwame Dattey of the National Accreditation Board (NAB), Mr Samuel Segbefia of the National Association of Private Schools and Mr Arko Dometey of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT).
Dr Prempeh reminded the board members that as the body of an agency responsible for curriculum development, assessment and certification, they were required to provide direction for ensuring the relevance of the curricula used for assessment and certification.
He indicated that a major challenge that needed urgent attention was the need to review the Higher National Diploma (HND) curriculum, charging the board to be innovative in coming up with clear policy directions towards the fulfilment of government’s agenda.
Dr Prempeh urged the board to collaborate with other institutions such as the NAB, NCTE and COTVET, since their works were complementary, adding, “It is my expectation that your administration will contribute tremendously to strengthening the operations of NABPTEX.”
The minister noted that the government was banking its hopes on NABPTEX to achieve its industrialisation drive, explaining that, “Government acknowledges that people with technical and vocational skills are relevant in defining the industrialised workforce of the country as captured in the NPP’s manifesto.”